Be a Windows Mobile Developer when you grow up!

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Be a Windows Mobile Developer when you grow up!

Tony S

Early on in my career, I struggled to find my niche in Information Technology. As it turned out, I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up. I kept at it though, exploring all of my IT interests and landed my first role as an entry level support person who answered software support questions via email. Proving not to be as hands on as I had hoped, I later moved into a desktop and network administration role at a much larger company. Thankfully this ended up being far more suitable to my personality and it fulfilled my overall desire to troubleshoot things. I was happy.

That said, if I were given the choice again in 2011 to start my IT career over, I would likely decide on a Windows Developer role – for Windows Phone. Let me explain why.

While Windows Phone only has approximately 7% of US market share (as of March 2011, according to Nielsen), industry analysts project that it will surpass Apple’s iOS by 2015 as illustrated in the graph below.

If you think about it, these are some very encouraging statistics for those considering a career as a Windows Developer! If you decide to go this route, you will be poised for success as Windows Phone continues to penetrate the market – trust me.

Anyway, I hope this post has inspired you in some way to pick a career in an industry that is only going to keep getting bigger! Below are some additional resources on Windows Development from the Microsoft Learning student career portal.

Learning Plans To Guide the Way

Microsoft Learning Plans can help you navigate through training resources before you take your Microsoft Certification exam.

Learning Plan for the Windows developer job role

Recommended Microsoft E-Learning

These e-learning courses allow you to learn at your own pace—any time and any place.

·       Collection 5160: Core Development with the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Foundation *

·       Collection 5161: Advanced Development with the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Foundation *

·       Collection 2541: Core Data Access Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

·       Collection 2542: Advanced Data Access Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

·       Collection 2546: Core Windows Client Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

·       Collection 2547: Advanced Windows Client Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005

* Free access to verified students through Microsoft DreamSpark

Certification Exams

Certification is a validation of your skills and can help differentiate you in today’s IT job market.

·       Exam 72-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation

·       Exam 72-505: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development

·       Exam 70-563: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Many Microsoft Certification exams are available at special student prices. The exams that have a "72" prefix (such as Exam 72-640), are available for students at the discounted price (up to 50% depending on country). You can take exams that have the "70" prefix; however, these exams are available at retail prices.

·       Find out more about certification exam discounts for students

 

 

  • Erno
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    As much as I like this call to action, I think it is a shame to make people learn .NET 2.0 stuff. Yes, much of the core framework is still valid but if you are aiming for Windows Phone I would not recommend getting into Windows Forms and I'd definitely stay away from the 70-563 exam. Learn C#, the core framework, Silverlight and Windows Phone. Resources on www.silverlight.net and you are good to go.

  • Anonymous
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    This post is very nice for them people who wants to exploring knowledge about Windows Mobile  Application Development.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous
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    I think this the great tool for corporate world which are handling many projects at same time. This tool will really help them.

  • Anonymous
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    As a small business owner and looking for more business, development on smart phones for websites like mine is now really important as so many younger people are now using smart phones and tablet style devices to find or locate services for businesses like mine. This type of development area is a boom for anyone wanting to get started this area. Technology is the winner!

  • Anonymous
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    I agree with Erno. Learn C# and Silverlight and you're good to go.

  • Anonymous
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    For windows mobile .net framework is must .

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  • Anonymous
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    I don't think that iphone development is easier and windows one.

  • Anonymous
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    I am in favour of the direction in which the Windows Development is heading. History shows us that there is a 'Tipping Point' for things once big. The smartphone OS market share forecast you display clearly indicates that this is the way to go. Thank you for this sound advice.